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by quizbowllee
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....
Replies: 28
Views: 15950

Re: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....

Also:

List bonuses.

Also, I miss this bonus lead-in:

"For 5 points for one, 10 for two, 20 for three, or 30 for all four..."
by quizbowllee
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....
Replies: 28
Views: 15950

Re: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....

As for the food issue, here is my experience: I wanted the first high school invitational I ever hosted to be an EVENT. We hired a caterer and had a massive meal for all the teams. It hurt our profit, but I wanted to establish our tournament as something "classy" that teams would remember ...
by quizbowllee
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....
Replies: 28
Views: 15950

Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....

Apologies if this shouldn't be in the "Theory" section. I debated whether to post here or in "Miscellaneous," but ultimately I felt that this was the right forum. I think that what we are going to discuss falls under "theory" because these are things that have fallen ou...
by quizbowllee
Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point (AL) Spring Tournament - May 9, 2015
Replies: 6
Views: 5045

Re: West Point (AL) Spring Tournament - May 9, 2015

Field Update (5/6/15):

Arab - 2 teams
Cullman - 2 teams
Mountain Brook - 2 teams
Russellville - 2 teams
Sylacauga - 2 teams
Cordova - 2 teams
Springwood - 1 team
Hoover - 2 teams
CCA - 2 teams
Good Hope - 1 team
Muscle Shoals - 1 team
West Point - 3 teams


Expressed Interest:
Northridge
by quizbowllee
Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point (AL) Spring Tournament - May 9, 2015
Replies: 6
Views: 5045

West Point (AL) Spring Tournament - May 9, 2015

Coaches/Sponsors: We will officially be hosting our Spring Invitational this year on Saturday, May 9 at West Point High School. I know this is later in the year than most tournaments, but it will be an excellent opportunity for your Senior students to bid farewell, for your young students to get a h...
by quizbowllee
Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Results from ASCA Regional at West Point site:

Pool A:
1st Place - West Point (5-0)
2nd Place - Buckhorn (4-1)

Pool B:
1st Place - James Clemens (5-0)
2nd Place - Sparkman (4-1)
by quizbowllee
Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Advancing from Wallace District:

West Point (4-0)
Arab (3-1)
Brindlee Mountain (3-1)
Good Hope (3-1)

There will also be a 5th team, since Brindlee already had an automatic bid due to winning their Small Schools Tournament.
by quizbowllee
Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Let me reiterate that I love the idea of NASAT. I hope that Alabama gets involved - and I'm quite sure that we will someday. And - while admittedly unclear upon review of my previous posts - I wasn't trying to explain why ALABAMA could't attend, but rather why LEE HENRY won't be the one doing it rig...
by quizbowllee
Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

You could have the members of the team pay for part of the cost. Sure. But, the idea of being selected to represent your State due to your hard work and dedication to the game being sullied by "Also, please write us a check" is hard for me to deal with. You also then run the risk of facto...
by quizbowllee
Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Here's the problem with NASAT: No one in Alabama is going to pay for it. I don't think I'm being too bold is saying that Rutsky and I are probably the two people MOST likely to coach the NASAT team, and I know that I'm just not going to do it. I already attend (at least) two nationals a year with We...
by quizbowllee
Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

I don't know who won the JV. We (West Point) were undefeated in prelims but lost a nail-biter to Huntsville High in the quarter-final. Boy, I hate single-elimination. I'm pretty proud of my JV crew, they spend every practice just getting demolished by the varsity team, so I forget sometimes that the...
by quizbowllee
Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: January 2015 national poll & small school poll results
Replies: 19
Views: 14794

Re: January 2015 national poll & small school poll results

Out of curiosity, how often will these polls be done? Will it be monthly?

I appreciate that everyone chose to vote for us in the Small Schools poll. I'm hoping we can move up a few spots over this semester.
by quizbowllee
Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Is the Matthew Dean on your team any relation?
by quizbowllee
Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Not really sure what to add to this thread after the West Point Invitational this weekend. The takeaways are pretty clear: 4) It is dangerous to judge anyone based on results on A sets. Herein lies our problem. We have lost a grand total of 5 matches all year. We lost 3 at UA tournament and 2 at ou...
by quizbowllee
Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3485

Re: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2

This tournament happened. Awards went to: 1st Overall: Gadsden City 2nd Overall: Hoover A 3rd Overall: Buckhorn 1st Small School (4th Overall): West Point A 2nd Small School: Russellville 1st JV: Hoover B 2nd JV: Arab B 1st Private/Magnet: JP2 Catholic 2nd Private/Magnet: Covenant Christian Full sta...
by quizbowllee
Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3485

Re: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2

Absolute last call for teams! If you are interested in attending, please email me at [email protected] before Thursday. I can take a few more teams.
by quizbowllee
Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3485

Re: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2

I'm trying to finalize this field. The following is what I currently have, pending some confirmations: Arab - 3 teams (1 varsity; 2 JV) Buckhorn - 1 team (Varsity) CCA - 1 team (Varsity) Danville - 1 team (Varsity) Gadsden City - 3 teams (1 varsity; 2 JV) Good Hope - 1 team (Varsity) Hewitt-Trussvil...
by quizbowllee
Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3485

Re: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2

mriggle wrote:I know I've indicated this to you already, but I am definitely planning to come down to moderate again!
I've got you down. Thanks!
by quizbowllee
Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3485

Re: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2

Field has been updated!

I'm not sure how many more teams I will be able to take, so please let me know ASAP if you are interested!
by quizbowllee
Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

The Hoover Invitational gave us some interesting information. Grissom is good, even when they are "rebuilding." The difference between the Grissom team that we played in the prelims and the (same) Grissom that we played in the playoff bracket was staggering. It's like they were getting bet...
by quizbowllee
Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzzers!
Replies: 16
Views: 7517

Re: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzze

Thanks for an awesome tournament. The field was huge and very tough, but you did a great job of making sure everyone got to play a quality schedule and that the best teams all got to fight it out for the championship. Also, the moderators in the Varsity division were excellent. There were no problem...
by quizbowllee
Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3485

Re: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2

Field Update: Arab - 3 teams Covenant Christian - 1 team Buckhorn - 1 team Danville - 1 team Gadsden City - 2 teams Springwood - 1 team Springville - 2 teams St. Bernard - 1 team Hoover - 2 teams Priceville - 1 or 2 teams Loretto (TN) - 1 team West Point - 2 teams Leeds - 1 team James Clemens - 2 te...
by quizbowllee
Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT SSNCT: April 25-26, Atlanta
Replies: 18
Views: 14159

Re: 2015 NAQT SSNCT: April 25-26, Atlanta

Speaking only for our team, this is the best possible weekend in April to hold it.

Thanks. We're looking forward to it!
by quizbowllee
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Second Annual Quiz Bowl on the Plains (Auburn AL-11/15)
Replies: 4
Views: 1502

Re: Second Annual Quiz Bowl on the Plains (Auburn AL-11/15)

Any updates? We're looking forward to it!
by quizbowllee
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Chattahoochee would like to invite teams in Alabama to attend our annual tournament, the CATT! The questions this year will be a mirror of the UMD set produced by the University of Maryland. As usual, our tournament will be held on the 2nd Saturday in December (12/13/2014) at Chattahoochee's campus...
by quizbowllee
Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

West Point:

Seniors:
Tallie Schaffer (A-team)
Nick Roman (A-team)
Chris Kramarczyk
Nick Shedd

Juniors:
Zakk Waddell (A-team)
Ross Wallace (A-team)
Derik Arendall

Sophomores:
Anna Watson
Maddie Whitesell

Freshmen:
Billy Ellis
Will Parker
Tom Parker
Kohan Lovett
Luke Watson
by quizbowllee
Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Stats are finally up for the William Rufus King Tournament. https://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5889&playoffs=1 Congratulations to Hoover A and Indian Springs JV on their impressive wins. I do wish that the folks at Alabama would have been explicit as to what constitut...
by quizbowllee
Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Things that make a good tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 9400

Re: Things that make a good tournament

I agree with most of this.

I would, though, like to add that tournament directors need to announce before Round 1 exactly what the playoff format will be and they need to STICK TO IT. Let teams know how many teams from each pool will advance, what the tie-breaker procedures will be, etc.
by quizbowllee
Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: William Rufus King Invitational VIII at Alabama (9/27/14)
Replies: 19
Views: 9567

Re: William Rufus King Invitational VIII at Alabama (9/27/14

Joshua Rutsky wrote:Any word on stats from this tournament, individual winners, etc?
I'm wondering the same....

I was pleasantly surprised to find a 2nd place JV trophy waiting for me at work this morning. Apparently my JV team got 2nd and I didn't even know it.

I am dying to see the stats.
by quizbowllee
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3485

West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2014

Dear Coaches and Sponsors, I would like to invite your team(s) to the 3rd Annual West Point Quiz Bowl Tournament to be held Saturday, December 13, 2014 at West Point High School in Cullman, AL. The tournament is open to all teams consisting of players in grades 12 and below. There will be separate a...
by quizbowllee
Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: William Rufus King Invitational VIII at Alabama (9/27/14)
Replies: 19
Views: 9567

Re: William Rufus King Invitational VIII at Alabama (9/27/14

West Point will have 2 varsity and 1 JV team.
by quizbowllee
Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: An incident of plagiarism at NAQT
Replies: 3
Views: 3150

Re: An incident of plagiarism at NAQT

Could we see a side-by-side example of this plagiarism? One of the main reasons I have never submitted questions to NAQT is that I'm afraid that I might inadvertently use "similar language" from other tossups. I'm just curious as to what level of similarity constitutes plagiarism in the ey...
by quizbowllee
Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzzers!
Replies: 16
Views: 7517

Re: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014

West Point will be there with (hopefully) 3 teams.

1 Varsity
2 Novice
by quizbowllee
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SSNCT 2015 When/Where?
Replies: 4
Views: 3846

SSNCT 2015 When/Where?

Does anyone have any info about SSNCT 2015? Even like rumors? Chad told me at HSNCT that an announcement would likely come shortly after HSNCT. We need to know something ASAP - even if it is a rumor - so that we can start planning. I don't know about other teams, but big, expensive, overnight trips ...
by quizbowllee
Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 28143

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Thanks for the mention. I'm hoping I can keep my bunch at West Point focused all year. They've got a lot of potential and have come very far in a short amount of time. This year, there will be two seniors and two juniors from last year's "A Team" returning. But, I also have three freshmen ...
by quizbowllee
Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: William Rufus King Invitational VIII at Alabama (9/27/14)
Replies: 19
Views: 9567

Re: William Rufus King Invitational VIII at Alabama (9/27/14

Put West Point down for 3 teams tentatively.

We're looking forward to it.
by quizbowllee
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderators at HSNCT
Replies: 36
Views: 9692

Re: Moderators at HSNCT

We had one moderator who forgot to start the clock at the beginning of the second half. We called it to his attention after he had already read an entire tossup/bonus cycle that our opponents got. He started the clock after that first cycle. We preceded to lose by 15 points when our opponents got th...
by quizbowllee
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The logistics of future HSNCTs
Replies: 15
Views: 6373

Re: The logistics of future HSNCTs

At some point the field is going to have to stop expanding, yes? The already-mentioned space constraints (you're already down to pretty much the largest hotels around, unless you can get the massive participant insurance policies and such convention spaces require you to have) plus the staff constr...
by quizbowllee
Tue May 27, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 68
Views: 37062

Re: 2014 NAQT HSNCT: May 31-June 1, Chicago (field reopens)

So... I guess my B team at #4 on standby is looking pretty good right now.
by quizbowllee
Tue May 27, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 nAC
Replies: 27
Views: 10969

Re: 2014 nAC

Joshua Rutsky wrote: Gadsden City attended HSNCT last year, and frankly, I am a little sad they aren't playing at HSNCT this year.
Did they? I don't think they have EVER been to HSNCT.
by quizbowllee
Wed May 21, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT 2010 Difficulty - Is my team crazy?
Replies: 5
Views: 2781

HSNCT 2010 Difficulty - Is my team crazy?

So, in preparing for HSNCT, I have been going over old HSNCT packets in practice with my team. Going over 2012 or 2013 questions, they will average a somewhat-respectable 350-400 points per 20 tossups heard. Then I started reading packets from 2010 HSNCT. Suddenly, scores were more like 130-45 when ...
by quizbowllee
Wed May 07, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12925

Re: Alabama 2013-14

Congrats to West Point for their performance at small school nationals. What was the question set like? I'm not sure if the set is cleared for discussion or not. I will say that we were perhaps over-preparing. What I mean is that we were expecting questions a little more like HSNCT and they definit...
by quizbowllee
Fri May 02, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments
Replies: 25
Views: 7322

Re: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments

If anyone cares, we made it to Minneapolis in 16 hours, 44 minutes, and 21 seconds.

Ready for SSNCT!
by quizbowllee
Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!
Replies: 46
Views: 17101

Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

KnicksRule wrote:Are any side tournaments being played at SSNCT?
I'm definitely down for a side tournament - preferably an "open" event where an old timer like myself can play.
by quizbowllee
Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12925

Re: Alabama 2013-14

Good luck to the handful of Alabama teams that are competing this weekend in Minnesota!

Ashville
Brooks
Handley
West Point A
West Point B
by quizbowllee
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments
Replies: 25
Views: 7322

Re: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments

We have a kid who is deathly afraid of flying, too. That's one small reason that we're driving.

I'm not sure what we'll do if a future SSNCT or HSNCT is held somewhere REALLY far away like Seattle or Los Angeles.
by quizbowllee
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments
Replies: 25
Views: 7322

Re: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments

Charter buses don't count either! I'm talking about DRIVING to a tournament, not RIDING to a tournament! :party: Seriously, though, I have utmost respect for anyone willing to do this. I'm just praying that we don't hit traffic and can make the trip in about 16 hours with stops. We're going to take ...
by quizbowllee
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!
Replies: 46
Views: 17101

Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

bird bird bird bird bird wrote:We're still working on the details, but we do not expect to use the card system for this tournament.
No card system? That's sort of a bummer. :sad: